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Re^3: perl's sleep function

by blazar (Canon)
on Mar 28, 2008 at 19:38 UTC ( #677091=note: print w/ replies, xml ) Need Help??

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I personally believe that the negative overall reputation of this very old node of mine clearly shows that by general consensus it actually was too harsh. In some sense, I apologize for that, and I believe my manners got better since. I still consider the actual question to be both overly stupid and overly stupidly asked, proof which can be the even more negative reputation. Incidentally I did give some actual advice in my reply as well. This, and the person who posted the question, later turned out to be an especially bad member of this community: while it is true that (as the sig of one of our fellow monks claims) one should "examine what is said, not who speaks," knowing who the OP was sheds some light on the annoying carelessness of his question.

If it is of any comfort to you, clpmisc is generally considered to be an even more ill mannered place than PM. Yet I've learnt Perl more there than from any other resource. The subject matter could be discussed ad nauseam, and it often is: to be blindly gentle, no matter what, or to occasionally slap in the face the arrogant newbie, as an educational aid? Who knows...

BTW: I can't understand what you mean with "extraneous punctuation," what is it supposed to be?

If you can't understand the incipit, then please check the IPB Campaign.

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Re^4: perl's sleep function
by Phatfingers (Initiate) on Apr 05, 2008 at 06:18 UTC
    Can't you just pick up a dictionary and look up the words "extraneous" and "punctuation" for yourself instead of wasting the time of this forum doing the work for you?!?

    Sorry. Just giving an example. The "?!?" at the end of the sentence conveys a sense of disrespect and an attempt at making the recipient feel belittled in public. Emphasizing negative phrases in italics also lends to a sense of contempt. They distract readers from the helpful technical information being sought.

      I personally believe that notwithstanding your "delicate" irony, I knew full well what both "extraneous" and "punctuation" mean, except that "extraneous" refers to something that does not belong to somewhere, whereas I coulnd't think of a single spot where my punctuation was inappropriate. More precisely I still can't think of any. Just taking your own topical example, the "?!?" at the end of the sentence did indeed constitute an attempt at making the recipient feel belittled in public. It did intentionally because it was meant as an educational aid for him not to behave in such a way as to be belittled in public again. But I wouldn't call that "disrespect". Disrespect is something completely different that takes place when you cross the line of the personal insults. Of course different people will have different thresholds, and appearently yours is lower than mine. I just don't mind: I don't consider you a troll, but you're certainly a whiner; I've seen endless discussions going on with them, and I've occasionally taken part to some. Needless to say, it's completely moot. Not differently from all those other people, you speak about "helpful technical information," but evidence is that you have provided err, well... none! OTOH, within my well defined limits, I think I contributed enough to this community, albeit unfortunately I've not been much active as of late. So I'm not answering any more to further provocations about alleged disrespect or similar idiocies: you have the last word, if you like...

      If you can't understand the incipit, then please check the IPB Campaign.

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